50+ Road Trip Games + Activities to Keep Your Kids Entertained

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50+ Road Trip Games + Activities: Ideas to Keep Your Kids Entertained for the Long Haul - Betsy's Photography {BPhotoArt.com}Car rides, even short ones, can be tough!  This fall I was gearing up for a cross-country road trip to visit family in the southern states.  Call me crazy, but I decided to pack up the boys and undertake a 12 hour road trip.  As I told my driving buddy (my mom) — the goal of this road trip wouldn’t be just to get from point A to point B.

No, our road trip would have to be leisurely and include opportunity for frequent stops.  After all, we would be traveling with a toddler and a baby — recipe for road trip disaster, no?

So, we started planning.  The 12 hour drive would be split into two days (ideally).  We could travel during nap times, stop for lunch or eat en route depending on everyone’s mood. Maps and such were scoured for possible side stops, should we need a break to stretch our legs.  The hotels we would stay at had to have a swimming pool.  And so on and so forth.

But what about keeping the kids entertained en route?  Well, that’s where this list comes in.  As I was planning our trip, I knew we would need a plethora of games and activities to keep my kids entertained for the long haul.  Ok, let me amend that. This list was really meant for my older son… we all know babies are content to eat, sleep, and be changed regularly.

50+ Road Trip Games + Activities

So, let me share the huge list of 50+ road trip games and activities to keep your kids entertained for the long haul…hopefully from point A to point B!  Make sure to scroll to the bottom for some more (shorter) lists of snack ideas and travel resources.

  1. Best Road Trip Songs
  2. Road Trip Bingo
  3. DIY Buckle Toy from an old car seat
  4. Road Trip Experiment Printable
  5. Restaurant “I Spy” Printable
  6. Road Trip Journal Pages – Printable
  7. Airplane Math Roadtrip Game
  8. Road Trip Drawing Prompts – Printables
  9. Road Trip Printable: ABC Order
  10. Alphabet “I Spy” Printable
  11. Portable Activity Kid for Little Travelers
  12. Are We There Yet Map Game
  13. Squares and Dots Board (Printable)
  14. Wacky Tracks Fidget Toy Busy Bag
  15. Car Trip Busy Box
  16. Record Audiobooks for Children
  17. Paint Sample Rainbow Fan
  18. DIY Counting Sticks Busy Bag
  19. Pumpkin Number Matching Busy Bag
  20. Shoe Tying Busy Bag Board
  21. Make Your Own Kid’s Travel Binder
  22. Fine Motor Weaving Busy Bag
  23. DIY Portable Art Board
  24. Outdoor Photo Scavenger Hunt (Do this en route)
  25. High Tech Coloring (Painting Lulu App)
  26. Train Track Counting Activity and Busy Bag
  27. Travel Sensory Activities for Baby
  28. Rainbow Lacing Busy Bag
  29. Map a Road Trip (Map Skills for Kids)
  30. Using Google Maps to Help Kids Follow Your Travel Journey
  31. DIY Clipping Toy
  32. Magnetic Tangram Puzzle in a Mint Tin
  33. Ladybug Math Game
  34. Road Trip Playlist
  35. Travel Storage Organizer for the Driver’s Seat
  36. DIY Travel Coloring Cases
  37. Animal Trackers Club
  38. Velcro Dot Craft Sticks
  39. What Will I Do If I Can’t Tie My Shoe” – Fastener Busy Bag
  40. Road Trip Busy Boxes
  41. Teaching Kids to Budget on a Road Trip
  42. Tic Tac Toe Busy Bag
  43. Kids’ Travel Pack
  44. Big Brother Kid (3 Busy Bag Activities)
  45. Mini Lego Playset
  46. Pocket Sized Magnetic Fishing Set in Altoids Tin
  47. Road Trip Activity Bin and Binder
  48. Printable Lacing Cards (Numbers 0-10)
  49. Busy Bags 101
  50. Portable Lego Kit For Little Travelers
  51. Peek-a-Boo Toy Sacks (sewing tutorial)
  52. Creepy Crawly Seek and Find
  53. “I Spy” Bottle
  54. 5 Travel Games to Help Ease Culture Shock
  55. Magnetic Pipe Cleaner Discovery Bottle
  56. Easy DIY Seek and Find Bag
  57. Make Your Car Road Trip Ready
  58. 5 Road Trip Apps
  59. Number Recognition Car Ride Game

10 Road Trip Snacks for Kids

What are some good snacks to take on a road trip?  Well, that depends on your idea of a “good snack.”  I wanted to make sure we had nutritious and healthy fare for our road trip, so keep that in mind.  Yes, we did bring a cooler, since some of the items wouldn’t last too long otherwise:

  1. Travel-friendly fruit (apples, bananas, clementines)
  2. Veggies (carrots, celery)
  3. Hummus (for veggies)
  4. Dried fruit (raisins, dates, prunes)
  5. Nuts + seeds (almonds, cashews, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds)
  6. Larabars
  7. Homemade sourdough crackers
  8. Yogurt pouch snacks (in reusable snack pouches)
  9. Homemade popcorn bars
  10. protein (cheese, jerky, hardboiled eggs)

More Road Trip Resources

And finally, because I couldn’t help myself, here are some more resources you may find helpful for planning your next road trip.

  1. Road Trip Activity Pack (including printables, ages 2-8)
  2. Books About Road Trips
  3. Road Trip tips for kids that get carsick
  4. Ultimate Road Trip Guide for Families
  5. What to keep in a road trip essentials kit
  6. Eating on the road: meals and snacks
  7. How to entertain your baby in the car
  8. Airplane mode with a one year old (kind of related!)
  9. The Best Apps and Tools for Rocking Your Next Road Trip
  10. 11 Screen Free Activities for the Car

What tips do you have for taking kids on a road trip?  I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas!

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9 Responses

  1. Laura
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    Thanks for featuring our road trip journal pages! We do a 16-hr (each way!) road trip almost every summer to visit the grandparents…and the single most important tip I can give anyone is to have a Shoe Spot — so that when you have to make emergency potty stops, no one’s wasting time trying to find them.

    • Betsy Finn
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      That is a fantastic tip, Laura!! We had our fair share of “where’d that go?” on our latest road trip. Shoes, especially kid shoes, are easy to lose in a fully loaded car 🙂

  2. Erin Buhr
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    Wow! What a collection of ideas. We’re planning a major road trip this summer – thanks for putting so many ideas in one place!

    • Betsy Finn
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      Glad to help, Erin! I started collecting these for a road trip of our own, and thought, “hey, maybe this could help other parents too!”

  3. Kelly @RaisingSamuels
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    This is such an awesome list and I am pinning this for sure! I’m excited my sons are old enough that we can start to take long car trips and go exploring! We will have to try some of these games out! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Betsy Finn
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      I know! I was thrilled our first road trip went well… thanks in part to activities like these. Hope yours goes just as smoothly when it’s time 🙂

  4. Great roundup of kids travel ideas. We have a long road trip coming up. Thanks for sharing with #SmallVictoriesSunday #linkup glad you rejoined us!

    • Betsy Finn
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      Thanks Tanya, glad it will be helpful! I love your linkup, it’s always so inspiring 🙂

  5. Emma
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    What am amazing collection! Definitely keeping this one in mind for our next long drive!

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